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Joanna Jedrzejczyk returning to strawweight, offers new excuse for losing to Valentina Shevchenko

MMA: UFC 231-Weigh Ins Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who burst onto the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene with 14 straight wins, planned to hold championship titles at both strawweight and flyweight.

She currently holds neither.

That’s because Jedrzejczyk coughed up her 115-pound strap to current division champion, Rose Namajunas, then came up short in their immediate rematch. That prompted a trip north to compete for the vacant flyweight belt, but longtime nemesis Valentina Shevchenko gave her pause.

Blame Dana White for his constant flip-flopping.

“I will go down to 115,” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Junkie. “I need some time to refresh my body, refresh my mind and feel the fire. I am very happy that I could face Valentina Shevchenko and I didn’t feel the power of her punches, but definitely I felt her clinch. That’s the thing: That fight with Valentina went on and off, on and off so I didn’t have time to prepare physically for this fight.”

So much for this caveat.

Jedrzejczyk (15-3) is without question one of the most talented female fighters in any weight class, but has a tendency to struggle on her way down to the 115-pound limit. It was not uncommon for her to find herself in “critical condition.”

In addition, it seems like her inability to take ownership of her losses has kept her from correcting the mistakes that caused them, instead blaming those around her (even this guy) for her struggles inside the cage.

So, now that she’s on her way back to strawweight, who do you want to see Jedrzejczyk fight next?

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